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November 09, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Guelph City Hall National Historic Site of Canada

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener - Waterloo, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Guelph City Hall National Historic Site of Canada. Built in 1856-57, Old City Hall is one of Ontario's finer examples of the mid-19th-century Renaissance Revival style, a classical style based on 16th-century Italian precedents. 

"Old City Hall is rich in history and very important to the residents of Guelph," said Mr. Braid. "This conservation project will help ensure that this cultural beacon built in the renaissance revival style will remain a lasting legacy for all Canadians to enjoy."

Through Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $425,000 to support the adaptive re-use of Old City Hall to serve as municipal courts.

"Our government recognizes the importance of stimulating growth through key infrastructure investments," said Minister Baird. "We are pleased to be investing in Guelph City Hall National Historic Site as a way of simultaneously preserving Canada's historical heritage while promoting the economy with investments that create local jobs."

"On behalf of the City, we are very pleased to be a recipient of a Parks Canada national historic site cost-sharing grant," said Karen Farbridge, Mayor of the City of Guelph. "This will be used towards the restoration and adaptive re-use of Old City Hall for the Provincial Offences Court."

The Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program that can pay up to 50% of eligible costs incurred by the owner to conserve a national historic site and present its significance to Canadians for their enjoyment and appreciation. With a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, the program reflects the government's desire to support job creation by providing funding for conservation of national historic sites.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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